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What is the difference between angular cheilitis and a cold sore?

What is the difference between angular cheilitis and a cold sore?

Totally different: Angular chelitis occurs at the corners of the mouth sometimes caused by saliva, if you drool at night. A cold sore is a goup of blisters caused by the herpes virus and is contagious. Angular chelitis is not contagious. Angulat chelitis can be treated with creams while cold sore are treated with anti-viral pills. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Cold Sore (Definition)

Also referred to as fever blisters, cold sores are small, painful fluid-filled blisters that are usually found around the lips. Cold sores are very contagious and can be spread by mouth to mouth contact and can spread to the genitalia and cause genital ...Read more


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What's the difference between a cold sore and angular cheilitis?

What's the difference between a cold sore and angular cheilitis?

Coldsore=herpes viru: Cold sores are caused by a virus and create a usually painful tender sore lasting 10 days to 2 weeks. Angular cheilitis is the raw sore typically found at the corners of your mouth. ...Read more

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Can angular Chelitis come with tingling? I was told it's not a cold sore but there is still tingling

Can angular Chelitis come with tingling? I was told it's not a cold sore but there is still tingling

Of course: Tingling is not the way to define herpes. See a dermatologist. Herpes is a specific virus. Angular cheilitis is due to saliva drawn into a deep fold of skin. They have very different behaviors and different appearance. ...Read more

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Asked about my mouth sore that started as a cluster of blisters. Told me it was angular cheilitis, put a shot of cortisone in it. Not getting better?

Asked about my mouth sore that started as a cluster of blisters. Told me it was angular cheilitis, put a shot of cortisone in it. Not getting better?

Depends: Angular cheilitis is usually a yeast infection at the angles of the mouth and clears with antiyeast cream. Blisters are usually herpes virus which tends to affect the lining of the mouth on the gums, lips and hard palate. It may take several weeks for them to heal. Aphthous ulcers don't start as blisters but as shallow ulcers usually on the palate, cheeks and tongue that clear in 7-10 days. ...Read more

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White bumps near the corner of my mouth and on my top lips. is this angular cheilitis? it feels sore when i lick it with my tongue

White bumps near the corner of my mouth and on my top lips. is this angular cheilitis? it feels sore when i lick it with my tongue

Yes: Due to saliva. Often due to habitual licking of dry/cracked lips. Often due to saliva during sleep, common if you have braces or wear a mouth piece at night. Try frequent application of chapstick or vaseline (Aquaphor). ...Read more

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So since Friday I was pretty sure I had a cold blister on the corner of my lip until I read about angular cheilitis. Right now it's crusty any ideas??

So since Friday I was pretty sure I had a cold blister on the corner of my lip until I read about angular cheilitis. Right now it's crusty any ideas??

Difficult...: It is difficult to tell without looking at it but the fact that it started as a blister and now has developed a crust seems to be associated with a cold sore. Usually should go away in a few days. If it persists then you should get it seen by your doctor. ...Read more

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Angular cheilitis cracking, advice on meds?

Angular cheilitis cracking, advice on meds?

Chelitis: Many conditions and factors can precipitate transient or chronic cheilitis, including overexposure to the sun, nutritional deficiencies, allergies, medications, dehydration, diet and certain systemic diseases. Transient cheilitis typically requires no medical intervention. Treatment for chronic cheilitis depends on the underlying cause. ...Read more

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What should I do to take care of angular cheilitis?

What should I do to take care of angular cheilitis?

Steroid cream: Angular cheilitis could be a sign of vitamin or mineral deficiency including iron. Consider evaluating your diet and vitamin/mineral intake and consider seeing a dermatologist if it doesn't clear up for a steroid cream or other treatment. ...Read more

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What causes angular cheilitis and how can one treat it?

What causes angular cheilitis and how can one treat it?

Angular Cheilitis: Some causes are iron deficiency anemia, vitamin b2 deficiency, zinc deficiency, old age with missing teeth, chapped lips from cold weather, fungal infection, or medications that dry the skin. Treatment is treating the cause, such as topical antibiotics or vitamin supplement. ...Read more

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What is angular cheilitis caused by in kids and in adults?

What is angular cheilitis caused by in kids and in adults?

Chelitis: Many conditions and factors can precipitate transient or chronic cheilitis, including overexposure to the sun, nutritional deficiencies, allergies, medications, dehydration, diet and certain systemic diseases. Transient cheilitis typically requires no medical intervention. Treatment for chronic cheilitis depends on the underlying cause. ...Read more

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Can angular cheilitis spread herpes?

Can angular cheilitis spread herpes?

Yes: The transmission of herpes is not 100% with contact but increases with any breaks in skin or contact with mucosal membranes. One could potentially "auto-inoculate" or spread the herpes virus to different parts of their body this way. ...Read more

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Why do I get angular cheilitis? Is it an infection?

Why do I get angular cheilitis? Is it an infection?

Yeast: In addition to dr raff's answer, occasionally this is the result of a yeast infection which disappears with antifungal therapy. ...Read more

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Can you tell me of any angular cheilitis treatments?

Chapstick: Typically most moisturizing ointments will help. It is usually a form of chapping from saliva "drooling", licking the corners of your mouth etc. ...Read more

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When should you see a doctor for angular cheilitis?

Nutrition: This usually comes from some basic nutrient deficiency. Make sure you have a diverse, balanced diet and consider taking a vitamin supplement. If this, along with regular moisturizing, doesn't clear it up within a few weeks, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Angular cheilitis - steroid cream or chapstix?

Depends....: Angular chelitis has many causes including vitamin b2 deficiency, candidiasis, malnutrition, cold, herpes etc. The cause of the stomatitis will determine the treatment. Steroid creams will probably exacerbate the condition. Chapstix may help soothe the crack and dryness. ...Read more

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Can using certain products make angular cheilitis worse or redder? Have been using blister and vaseline and it seems worse

Angular cheilitis : Is an inflammatory skin condition affecting the corners or the mouth angles. It can be a fungal, bacterial or viral infection. The condition is also often associated with vitamin B12 deficiency or ill-fitting dentures. A cream (antibacterial or fungal) and elimination of the trigger is a common treatment. Olive oil is also recommended. ...Read more

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Can jock itch cream&erthromycin ointment b used together on angular cheilitis?Is erthro topical available OTC or something like it available OTC?

Yes, you can: However, the treatment for angular cheilitis varies based on the exact causes of the condition in each individual case. See your PCP for consultation. ...Read more

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Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Painful Cracks At The Corners Of Mouth (Definition)

(angular cheilitis) uncomfortable broken skin at the ...Read more